Fidel Castro's Death Sparks Celebrations In Miami


To many, he was a cruel dictator. To others, he was a revolutionary icon. To all, he is now deceased.

On Friday, Cuban leader Fidel Castro died at the age of 90, nearly 58 years after he first took power in the Caribbean nation.

The news came from current Cuban president Raúl Castro, who announced his brother's death on state-run television.

Raúl said,


Within half an hour of Raúl Castro's announcement, "thousands" of Cuban-Americans flooded the streets of Miami's Little Havana neighborhood to celebrate Fidel's death, according to the Associated Press.

Many of the scenes from those celebrations were shared on social media and featured people expressing their joy by doing everything from chanting, clanging pans and popping Champagne.


One of the many Cubans celebrating in the street, 78-year-old Hugo Ribas, told Agence France-Presse,


A younger Cuban-American, 23-year-old Analia Rodriguez, also shared her thoughts with AFP,

Despite the notable celebrations in Florida, where over 1 million Cubans reside, Fidel Castro's legacy is likely to remain a complicated one.


It's a point that Harvard professor Jorge Dominguez noted in a conversation with NPR.

Dominguez said,

For those celebrating in Miami, though, Fidel Castro's means clearly did not justify his end.

Citations: Cuban exiles pour onto Miami streets to celebrate Fidel Castro's death (Miami Herald), Cubans in Miami: Revelry and reflection after Castro's death (Associated Press)